Where do all the animals go when construction on a subdivision begins? Building a new home is exciting, current and personal - offering homebuyers a wonderful journey toward creating their dream home. However, in the midst of all that, are the wild animals. When land is cleared for a new subdivision, many animals lose their homes and venture out into the surrounding neighborhoods.
It is estimated that 900 people a day will move to the Sunshine State in 2019. Wild animals have inhabited the land of Florida long before we arrived. As Florida grows, more developers clear land for sub divisions and strip malls, more and more wildlife must find refuge elsewhere.
Animals live alongside humans all over the world. It’s important to remember, however, that wild animals are just that - wild. If threatened, cornered, or frightened, wild animals could pose a great danger to you and your loved ones. Here are some of the dangers displaced wildlife may pose if it’s on your property, and how you can prevent these dangers from happening.
Unfortunately, wild animal attacks on pets are common, even in suburban and urban areas. Coyotes, snakes, raccoons, and cougars may attack pets on walks or in their yards. Sometimes, these animals seek to pray on a pet, but more often they’re attempting to establish dominance or just steal some food.
Fences seem like the obvious solution, but they are not guaranteed to protect your pet. Most animals can climb over or dig under most fences easily. Don’t let your pet out for long periods of time without supervision, especially at night. Pay special attention to the smaller dogs who can be snatched away within a moment by a bird of prey. Clean droppings out of your yard quickly and frequently. Train your dog to stay within your property’s boundaries, and always keep your pet on a leash on walks.
Your pets are not the only ones affected by the presence of wild animals. Frightened or nesting animals may become aggressive to defend themselves, their young, or their food. Even worse, wild animals may have injuries or diseases like rabies, which could drive them to aggression. Animals tend to be unpredictable, especially when confronted by an unfamiliar situation in an unfamiliar environment. Even if an animal on your property appears docile, it shouldn’t be approached or interacted with.
Dissuade animals from nesting on your property by making it an unfavorable nesting ground. Restrict moisture access by installing proper home drainage and leveling yard terrain properly. Keep all garbage in sealed plastic bags inside the bins. Clear lawn and yard clutter. Mow your grass frequently and trim hedges and brush.
Respect for nature and kindness toward the wild animals is a key factor when protecting your pets, property and family. Please do not hurt or harm the wild animals, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at myfwc.com for a list of private trappers.
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